Procurement Type: RFP
RFP Number: 2017-MBI-02
Date Issued: November 18, 2016
Responses Due: January 11, 2017 by 3:00 PM
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“Mass Tech Collaborative”), on behalf of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (“MBI”), is issuing this RFP (No. 2017-MBI-02) for grant funding to support last mile broadband connectivity for 40 towns in western Massachusetts that do not currently have widely available residential access to broadband internet service (individually a “Town” and collectively the “Towns”). Mass Tech Collaborative is seeking responses from qualified companies that are interested in designing, building, owning, operating, managing and maintaining a communications network in one or more of the Towns that will provide residents, businesses, government offices and community institutions with broadband internet access that meets or exceeds the current Federal Communications broadband benchmark of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds (the “Network”). The proposed Network in each Town must provide broadband internet access to at least 96% of Town residences.
MBI has allocated up to $19,680,000, in the aggregate, for grant award(s) to broadband provider(s) to support the delivery of broadband service to the 40 unserved Towns consistent with the terms of this RFP. MBI will enter into grant agreements and award grant funds based on a Respondent’s application to provide broadband service to an individual town or a group of Towns. The MBI’s grant allocation for each Town is listed in Attachment D of the RFP. MBI seeks to fund sustainable projects and therefore will only award grants to a financially sound and stable companies with significant experience in building and operating residential broadband networks.
Full details can be found in the ‘Request for Proposals’ PDF linked below.
Below are the six grant applications submitted to MBI in response to this RFP, which closed on January 11, 2017. MBI posted these grant applications to provide stakeholders with transparency and early access to the information being reviewed by MBI.
Please read the following statements before downloading or viewing the grant applications:
Grant Application Documents Received: (posted January 23, 2017)
The documents may be downloaded in one of two ways using the links below.
|Download a Single Zip File||Download Separate PDFs and Other Files|
|1||Charter Communications||Charter Communications|
|3||Crocker Communications, Inc.||Crocker Communications, Inc.|
|4||Fiber Connect, LLC.||Fiber Connect, LLC.|
|5||Mid-Hudson Data Corp.||Mid-Hudson Data Corp.|
|6||Westfield Gas & Electric (dba Whip City Fiber)||Westfield Gas & Electric (dba Whip City Fiber)|